I've been reading a lot, in large measure due to the very limited time I'm spending on knitting these days. Here is an update on the 2008 Book Challenge, for which I continue to give kudos to Alex at BesoMami:
Book #28–A Great and Terrible Beauty, by Libba Bray. I am reading along with some of the books The Princess is reading this summer, and this is one of hers. An English boarding school novel with themes of female empowerment and magic, it was a good read, but not up to the level of the Twilight series (and The Princess agrees). I read this one on my Kindle.
Book #29–Faiths of the Founding Fathers, by David L. Holmes. Mr. Holmes was a favorite professor at the College of Knowledge, and his book about the Founding Fathers is full of interesting details about our country's early history, the connection between religious and civic life and ends with some reflections on recent presidents as well. (Guess what, our founding fathers? Not evangelicals…) He gives a thorough explanation of Deism. Had me almost thinking I was a Deist myself. Mr. Holmes covers the territory also found in Jon Meacham's book American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers and the Making of a Nation. That was my July 4th GeekFest read last year! I recommend both books, although there is a difference in style between Holmes the Academic and Meacham the editor at Newsweek.
Book #30–Belong to Me, by Marisa De Los Santos. This is the second novel by the author of Love Walked In, a book I enjoyed very much last year. I was delighted to receive an autographed copy from my friend Ruby! I must admit I ended up buying it for my Kindle, too, as it's a big book and was a little much for my wrists/hands at the moment. But we want to support authors we love, right, Ruby? This wonderful, warm book moves some of the characters from the previous book on to the next phase in their lives. I found the descriptions of the character's interior lives very real. I love this book, too, for keeping me company on nights when prednisone was keeping me awake. I felt accompanied.
I find I've been much more intentional about finishing books this year due to the Challenge. I try to keep about three going at a time: something work related, a work of fiction, a work of non-fiction. That's working well for me.
What are you reading?